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Mexican military abuse cases must be tried in civilian courts

04 November 2011 The sentencing of 14 Mexican soldiers for the killing of five civilians in 2007 is a positive step, but such cases must be heard in civilian, rather than military, courts Amnesty International said today. Mexico’s Defence Department yesterday announced that a court martial had imposed jail terms ranging from 40 years to 16 years over the fatal shooting of two women and three children whose vehicle failed to stop at an army checkpoint.The country’s National Human Rights Commmission has received more than 6,000 complaints of human rights abuses by the Mexican armed forces since…

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